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A man treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine his entire life, ends up in a coma and is taken in the care of good people, but his sinister owner is looking to retrieve his most prized possession: a non stop human weapon triggered by the collar leashed on his neck. Written by
It has been considered that the film is a loose remake of the Kurt Russell film Soldier (1998). The film is about an emotionless futuristic combat soldier who was stolen at birth and trained to fight and kill, who is dumped and left to die on a garbage planet and lives among the survivors of a crashed spaceship and he sets out to defend his new home and his new family, when genetic engineered soldiers are ordered to kill the survivors and destroy the colony. This film is about a man who was enslaved as a child by his loan shark master and raised and trained as a fighter, who lives with his new family, a blind piano turner and his adopted daughter, when he is wounded in a ambush and he sets out to protect his new family and his new home, when his master sends his armed thugs after him. See more »
When Bart is being beaten by thugs near the beginning of the film, you can see the padding on his stuntman's back. See more »
Unleashed is the touching story of Danny (Jet Li) who as a young boy was brought harshly by a loanshark (Bob Hoskins) and was trained to kill once his dog collar is removed. Although Danny was brought up as a dog, he is human, and through the intervention of music and the care and love of a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman), and his stepdaughter (Kerry Condon), Danny discovers another side of life.
Unleashed is not an action movie. There certainly are some spectacular fight scenes, but the emphasis is put on the relationship between Morgan Freeman and his stepdaughter, and Jet Li, and on the development of Danny's "humanity". Danny yearns for more than just killing; he discovers music and is saved by it. Music also plays a key role in his self-discovery as it awakens long-lost memories of his childhood.
For the first time, the audience are treated to Jet Li's true acting capabilities. Jet Li seems genuine and earnest--perhaps this is because the actor openly acknowledges that this film is close to his heart: as a Buddhist, Jet Li is against violence, and this film portrays the fight between humanity and violence.
This drama is a surprising break from usual martial arts movies. The fact that the number of action scenes is limited is counter-balanced by Yuen Wo Ping's masterful choreography; do not expect a fight-fest. Do however expect an unpretentious touching story featuring good actors with a few spectacular action scenes.
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